Owner, Nutrimom – Food Allergy Liason
FoodASC Member since 2016
Please tell us about yourself and why you are interested in food allergies, gluten sensitivity, celiac disease.
I began my business first as a blog to share support with other people who were going through a food allergy diagnosis. I felt very overwhelmed when my son was diagnosed and I kept saying “There should be an in-between after you get diagnosed and there’s not. There’s just a lot of unknown” so I blogged. I quickly realized that I also needed to help people on another level so I began my Food Allergy Consulting business. A food allergy diagnosis or even a food intolerance diagnosis can be so tricky and almost leave a person feeling isolated at times because of lack of knowledge. I wanted to be someone who would help people feel better, not worse about food allergies and how to reuse the products that they can use versus the foods they cannot use. This also led to me publishing an ebook “The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies”.
Please tell us about your business and book:
My consulting business consists of me meeting and speaking with people who are not sure where to begin their food allergy journey. I provide easy recipe ideas, products that should be safe for them, where to find products and much more. The flip side of my business consists of creating recipes for multiple allergy-friendly product companies, writing articles, supporting food allergy advocacy and a few other things. My ebook “The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies” is a food allergy resource manual- it’s full of all of the information that I felt I needed when my son was diagnosed with multiple life-threatening food allergies. A link to purchase it can be found at AllergyPhoods.com. I also stay active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and now Pinterest in hopes of staying a well-rounded advocate in all areas for those who have different areas of need.
Describe a challenging experience you had related to food allergies or sensitivities and your lessons learned.
After many years of mysterious health issues and symptoms of my own, I found out I have food intolerances that are not life threatening but definitely life altering. It took years of several doctors, specialists, testing, awful medications that made me feel worse and soul searching to get some concrete answers to what was going on. Luckily, many of my intolerances do not affect my son’s food allergies so our foods have become even more healthy. The challenge was knowing that I probably looked crazy, felt crazy at times but I knew I wasn’t crazy- so many doctors brushed my symptoms off as stress or anxiety. I have also met so many others that have a similar journey so it makes me wonder if I didn’t go through all of that for a greater reason that I didn’t understand at that time.
Describe a rewarding experience you had related to food allergies.
I did have a previous client come to an event that I had a booth at a few years ago just to say how much better she was doing since our consultation. This was a woman who claimed “I don’t cook and I don’t like vegetables” at the beginning of our appointment. I had counseled her through many begrudging emails about how difficult it was to switch her foods and how unhappy she was. I was overjoyed to see her looking so well.
Every single day is rewarding to me. I am thankful for what I do to help others, always. I am thankful that I was able to get to a place in my life that I can help my family as well and understand our foods better.
What motivates you to do what you do?
The fact that I love what I do motivates me every single day. No matter how tired I am, if I am under the weather, if I am cranky- the first thing I always want to do is get onto my computer and see how I can help.
Do you have a go-to resource? If so, what is it and why is it useful?
There are SO many resources, I wouldn’t even know where to begin! (Which is a good thing). I always try to share other resources on my social media pages and blog whenever I can. I do appreciate you beginning FoodASC so that those searching for a one-stop resource finds a great start.
What do you wish other people knew about food allergies and what’s one action that can be performed to increase knowledge and awareness in the general population?
Know that there will be days that can be just plain horrific but also know that there will be days that are so wonderful that it will bury the bad days in the dust. Be very open and honest about your food allergies- tell everyone how to save your life with an auto injector if you need it and show them where they can find it on you at all times. People who do not have food allergies will never completely understand them so be patient with them, educate them and teach them to help so you can help them as well.
What advice would you give to someone just embarking upon this journey?
Be very patient with yourself every single day from this day forward. You will make mistakes, you will make some really terrible foods but it will not be that way forever, I promise you. Reach out to your food allergy community- email me and I will help you. You have an entire extended food allergy family waiting to support you <3
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